My good friends, Alice and Mary-Ann, whilst on their trip to Taiwan asked me if there was anything they could get for me. Well, yes please, some flowers from Flower Space, a shop Gek and l visited in 2014 in Hualien. And here they are. Thank you girls!!!! These will look brill in the San Fran house.
We were hoping to see some of the Scottish painter Henry Raeburn's works here and we were not disappointed.
One of Gek's commissions for the Upton House 'Made to Measure' project is Raeburn's The MacDonald Boys. Unfortunately, the original painting has yet to be cleaned and despite our best efforts we cannot make out the detail in the right-hand bottom corner of the work. Perhaps this image may help?
A painting that caught my eye was this by Wilem van Haecht, not just for the detailed images of other artists works in miniature but also,
because of this. In the doorway you can see donkey-headed men, or are they dog-headed, smashing up art works. Bit of a grouse?
Canaletto. You have to be impressed by the detail here, as on all his work. A snap shot of his time.
John and Mary, our friends from our Mongolian days
Made me smile, this image.
Surprise, surprise. In J & M's house two Queen Anne Chairs!!! John makes garden furniture from old whisky barrels, which in my excitement, I omitted to picture. Also, he has made a shed to his own design from 'scrapped' oak.